November 16, 2009

Bears Take Second in Opening Meet

The men’s swim team kicked off the 2009-10 season over the weekend with a three-team meet at UConn, losing 175-124 to the host Huskies and knocking off Laval by an impressive 172-115 margin.  The Bears saw a number of impressive individual performances though, including a first place finish in the 1000 freestyle by junior Ryan Kikuchi.  Kikuchi was also part of the second place 200 medley relay, which finished just three seconds off of last season’s best time.

The 200 medley led off the morning, swimming to a second place finish in 1:34.9, just two seconds behind UConn, which won the event with a time of 1:32.9.  After Laval crossed the line in third, Brown’s “B” squad notched a fourth, showing off Bruno’s depth by beating the Husky second team.  Kikuchi then followed that performance with an individual win, crossing the line with a relatively easy first in the 1000 free, finishing with a time of 9:46.7, almost three seconds ahead of second.

After a UConn win in the 200 free, Brown bounced back with a second place finish in the 100 breast, as sophomore Timothy Juhn finished just half a second off the lead.  Brown followed with one of its better events on the day, taking second, third, and fourth in the 200 breast.  Junior Conor Carlucci led the pack of Bears, followed by Mike McVicker and Ray Grant.

Kikuchi then turned in another medal stand performance with a third in the 200 back, and wrapped up the day by winning the 200 IM, edging the second swimmer in by a scant .86 seconds in one of the most exciting races of the day.

On the diving boards, the Bears were led by sophomore C.J. Kambe in the one meter event, as he finished second with a solid score of 286.04.

The Bears will be back in action next weekend, when they travel to Dartmouth to compete against the Big Green and the Navy Midshipmen at 11:00 a.m.